David: give thanks!

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Reading: 2 Samuel 20:4-22:51

Focus: 2 Samuel 22:1-51

There is an old chorus that we sing, “Give thanks.” The words of the song echo thanksgiving for Jesus and what God has done for His people. It is an old-time favourite echoing a simple heart of thanksgiving in simple words. It is a song that has been translated into numerous languages and one that long-time Christians know well. There would be few places that have not heard or do not know this song.

One thing King David is well-known for is the writing of songs and psalms. He composed a significant portion of the book of Psalms. After his deliverance from the threat of his son, Absalom, David composed a song, a song of gratitude of God’s saving work in his life. As you read through the words, David not only recounted the episodes of victory and deliverance but recognised the episodes of darkness and struggle. Yet, he still had hope that God was with him.

How do we respond in our times of success, victory, and joy? Do we, first and foremost, give thanks to God for all that He has done for us? Do we give Him credit for the success, praise for the victory, thanksgiving for the joy? Further, do we recognise that, even in the dark and difficult times, He is there among it all? In short, is God truly the God that we say He is?

Next Reading: 2 Samuel 23:1-24:45